Sherwood Park Track Classic
Three Lakeland YellowJackets were in Sherwood Park to showcase their skills over the weekend. Duncan Critch, Mason Sartain, and Natalie Thompson competed in the Shwerwood Park Track Classic. All three YellowJackets displayed their talents throughout the weekend.
Critch blew away the competition in Sherwood park. In three throws, Critch managed to get at least 13.88m on each one. He threw the shotput a whopping 14.05m on his second throw. With those tosses, Duncan took the gold medal home with ease. On top of the gold hardware, Critch shattered the previous meet record of 10.66m for his age category. He also finished first in Discus, setting a new meet record with a 35.68m throw. Duncan completed a hat-trick of golds with an impressive Long Jump effort. Additionally, he had three second places in other events, one third place and two fourth places. For Critch, it’s an incredible way to end the season.
“I always try to do my best, and achieve what I can do the most. I try to set my personal best as high as I can. When I do set a new personal best, I know I worked hard for it.” Duncan says of his approach.
Mason has been training hard all summer long, and along the way putting up impressive results. Some things have slowed him down, but haven’t stopped him from having success. A feared competitor at most track meets, Mason managed to grab the silver medal in the 100m dash in Sherwood park. He missed gold by 0.02 seconds. Sartain also finished 5th in 200m and 4th in Long Jump.
Mason will head to Nationals on August 9th.
“Training, hard work, and just focus. When I’m there at nationals I need the good warm-up. It all just has to be perfect.” Sartain explains his strategy for Nationals.
Thompson has had a busy summer of competitions, but enjoyed a smaller competition over the weekend. After a below average finish in triple jump in Ottawa, Natalie came within 3cm of her personal best. The jump was good enough for her to finish first in the competition. In long jump, Natalie qualified with flying colours, and finished in second place with a 5.21m jump.
Thompson will head to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the Canada Summer Games on Thursday.
“I think it was because the prestige of this one was small, so the pressure was way below. I didn’t over think everything, and that showed in my results.” Natalie says of her efforts.
YellowJackets off the Podium
There were three other Lakeland YellowJackets members at the Sherwood Park Track Classic.
In the midget competition, Alese finished seventh in the 100m and 200m dashes. She also finished in 5th with a 4.51m jump in long jump.
Anderson ran in the longer distance midget competitions. He finished 9th in 800m, 5th in 1200m, and 7th in 2000m.
In the U-18 division, Miriam threw three different competitions. In discus, she finished 8th with a 25.39m toss. She also finished 6th in hammer, and 7th in Javelin.